The Nashville Predators began their seven game winning streak with a 3-1 victory in the ScottTrade Center in St. Louis. Friday night, the Blues returned the favor with a 3-1 victory in Nashville, ending the Predators streak.
The Blues trapped the Predators all night, and the Predators seemed unable to handle the pressure effectively. When they did mount an offensive attack, Chris Mason was able to shut the door, only allowing a goal by recently called up Dave Scatchard.
For the night, the once potent power play was 0-5. The Predators were 12-0 when the power play tallies a goal. The lack of productivity on the PP seemed to take some of the offensive life out of the team.
The energy level of the Predators appeared to be lower than in previous games. This team has to bring it every night to have a chance to win, and frankly, they did not against the Blues. Why? I’m not sure I can give a valid answer. Neither can the coaches.
It was inevitable that the streak would end. The Predators were not going to win out, but one would like to see a better effort, even in a loss.
Now it is time to begin a new streak. Learn from what happened against the Blues and correct the mistakes. Bring the energy level back up. Play Predator hockey and start piling up the wins. One game at a time.
About the Author: A native Nashvillian that grew up with minor league hockey, I'm now a devoted Predators fan and NHL follower. I have had the privilege of allowing my children to grow up watching the Predators and seeing the joy on their face when they are at a game. By day, I am a partner in an independent investment management company in the Nashville area. I played collegiate football and graduated from the University of South Carolina and graduated from the LSU graduate School of Banking. So yes, there are real true southern hockey fans in these non-traditional markets.